The Ways You Can Lose Your License in PA

Most people don’t think about losing their driving privileges while they’re speeding or rolling
through a stop sign. But tally up too many moving violations—or get charged with a DUI or DWI
and you might end up having your driver license suspended for a few months, even years.

Below you’ll find a discussion of common reasons for license suspension, the procedure your
state might follow to take your license away, and what you can do to fight license suspension.

Nonpayment of child support

Child support is not retroactive, which means you cannot stop paying or start paying less as of
the date that you lost your job or became too sick to work. Instead, your support obligation
remains the same until you get the court to modify your payments. Therefore, it’s in your best to act quickly if there is any major change in your circumstances.
Under Sect. 4355(a), where the department has been unable to attach the paying parent’s
wages and the amount of child support owed exceeds three months, or where the parent has
failed to comply with warrants and subpoenas relating to child support proceedings, the court
shall issue an order to the licensing authority to:
-Prohibit the issuance of a PA driver license,
-Prohibit the renewal of a PA driver license, or
-Suspend the person’s driver license.
Before a parent’s driver license is suspended, he or she will receive advance notice.
The notice shall explain:
1) The amount of child support owed
2) When and where the notice can be contested, and
3) That the license will be suspended 30 days after the date the notice was issued to the
licensee.

Unpaid Judgement

If you were in a car accident and sued as the party responsible for the accident, a judgment may
have been entered against you. Maybe the judgment was entered against you because you
didn’t go to the trial. Maybe you didn’t even know when the trial was. Either way, PennDOT will
suspend your Pennsylvania driver’s license until the outstanding judgment from the car accident
is paid.
If PennDOT wants to suspend your Pennsylvania driver’s license for not paying an outstanding
judgment you should talk to an attorney about how to proceed with your case and appealing the
suspension of driver’s license.

Conviction of Certain Traffic Offenses in Pennsylvania

 The department shall suspend the operating privilege of any driver for six months upon receiving a certified record of the driver’s conviction of or an adjudication of delinquency based on any offense under the following provisions:

Section 3367 (relating to racing on highways).

Section 3714(b) (relating to careless driving).

Section 3734 (relating to driving without lights to avoid identification or arrest).

Section 3736 (relating to reckless driving).

Section 3743 (relating to accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property).

Section 1501 (a) (related to Expired Drivers License) if second conviction within a 5 year period of time

The department shall suspend the operating privileges of any driver for 1 year upon receiving a certified record of the driver’s conviction based on any offense under the following provisions

Section 1543 (A) (driving on a suspended drivers license)

Section 1543 (B) (driving on a DUI Suspended drivers license)

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